Purpose: Describe the rehabilitation, including two episodes of inpatient rehabilitation, early intervention, and outpatient services, of conjoined twins. Case Description: The patients were 14-month-old female ischiopagus tripus twins that received 3 months of rehabilitation (mobility, feeding, communication, developmental skill training, developing adaptive equipment, educating caregivers) preseparation surgery. Surgery occurred at 24 months. At 27 months, the twins were admitted to inpatient rehabilitation, receiving 4 months of rehabilitation promoting strength, endurance, gait training, feeding, communication, developmental skill training, orthotics, adaptive equipment, and caregiver education. Presurgical WeeFIM was 18/126 (twin A) and 19/126 (twin B), and 28/126 (both twins A&B) postsurgical. Prior to surgery, patients performed supine to sit transfers with supervision. Outcomes: Following surgery, each twin sat and performed bed mobility independently. Twin B performed wheelchair mobility and supported standing at anterior surface with assistance. Discharge WeeFIM was 42/126 (twin A) and 45/126 (twin B). Twins performed floor mobility by scooting, stood at an anterior surface with assistance (maximum for twin A, minimal for twin B), and propelled a manual wheelchair indoors (minimal assistance for both twins A & B). Conclusion: Rehabilitation of conjoined twins improved presurgical functional status and addressed the unique functional needs of each twin postseparation.

Rehabilitation of Conjoined Twins Pre- and Postsurgical Separation

TOZZI, MATTEO;
2017-01-01

Abstract

Purpose: Describe the rehabilitation, including two episodes of inpatient rehabilitation, early intervention, and outpatient services, of conjoined twins. Case Description: The patients were 14-month-old female ischiopagus tripus twins that received 3 months of rehabilitation (mobility, feeding, communication, developmental skill training, developing adaptive equipment, educating caregivers) preseparation surgery. Surgery occurred at 24 months. At 27 months, the twins were admitted to inpatient rehabilitation, receiving 4 months of rehabilitation promoting strength, endurance, gait training, feeding, communication, developmental skill training, orthotics, adaptive equipment, and caregiver education. Presurgical WeeFIM was 18/126 (twin A) and 19/126 (twin B), and 28/126 (both twins A&B) postsurgical. Prior to surgery, patients performed supine to sit transfers with supervision. Outcomes: Following surgery, each twin sat and performed bed mobility independently. Twin B performed wheelchair mobility and supported standing at anterior surface with assistance. Discharge WeeFIM was 42/126 (twin A) and 45/126 (twin B). Twins performed floor mobility by scooting, stood at an anterior surface with assistance (maximum for twin A, minimal for twin B), and propelled a manual wheelchair indoors (minimal assistance for both twins A & B). Conclusion: Rehabilitation of conjoined twins improved presurgical functional status and addressed the unique functional needs of each twin postseparation.
2017
Conjoined twins; occupational therapy; physical therapy; rehabilitation; speech and language therapy; surgical separation; Child, Preschool; Eating; Feeding Behavior; Female; Hand Strength; Humans; Infant; Locomotion; Orthotic Devices; Patient Care Planning; Postural Balance; Reconstructive Surgical Procedures; Self-Help Devices; Speech; Treatment Outcome; Twins, Conjoined; Wheelchairs; Occupational Therapy; Physical Therapy Modalities; Postoperative Care; Preoperative Care; Speech Therapy; Pediatrics, Perinatology and Child Health; Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation; Rehabilitation; Occupational Therapy
Tozzi, Matteo; Van Zant, R. Scott
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